James Howie (footballer)

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James Howie
Personal information
Full name James Howie
Date of birth (1878-03-19)19 March 1878
Place of birth Galston, Scotland
Date of death January 1963 (1963-02) (aged 84)
Playing position(s) Striker
Youth career
Galston Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1898–1901 Kilmarnock 51 (23)
1901–1902 Kettering Town
1902–1903 Bristol Rovers 26 (10)
1903–1910 Newcastle United 198 (69)
1910–1913 Huddersfield Town 84 (18)
National team
1901 Scottish League XI 1 (0)
1905–1908 Scotland 3 (2)
Teams managed
1913–1920 Queens Park Rangers
1920–1923 Middlesbrough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

James Howie (19 March 1878 – January 1963) was a Scottish footballer who later became a manager.

Born in Galston, Ayrshire, he joined Kilmarnock from local side Galston Athletic in 1898.[1] He was in the side which won the 1898–99 Scottish Division Two title and the following season earned selection to the Scottish League representative side.[2] He joined Kettering Town in 1901 then moved to Bristol Rovers the next season.

Howie was signed by Newcastle United in May 1903 and between then and 1910 made 237 appearances for the club, scoring 83 goals.[3] He won the Football League Championship three times (1904–05, 1906–07 and 1908–09) and was also an FA Cup winner in 1910. During this period he earned three caps for the Scottish national side, making his debut in 1905.[4]

Howie was universally known in the game as "Gentleman James" but was equally notable for his peculiar running action, which looked like a hopping motion. After leaving Newcastle in December 1910 he spent three seasons with Huddersfield Town before retiring.

In 1913 Howie moved into management when appointed manager of Queens Park Rangers, a position he held for seven years. He was then secretary-manager of Middlesbrough from March 1920 until May 1924. His brother David, also a former professional footballer, was concurrently manager of Bradford Park Avenue.

It is believed that after football Howie became a tobacconist in London.


Newcastle United


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  2. ^ (SFL player) James Howie, London Hearts Supporters Club
  3. ^ James Howie Player Profile, Toon1892
  4. ^ James Howie at the Scottish Football Association
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